There was a national article this week on the enormous cost of these floating museums. The Coast Guard and Navy do not financially support all the floating museums out there...it falls to volunteer organizations. And, the number of folks who have served on these vessels (and the demographics) do not support it. Just a month or so back, they said "artificial reef" to the Cutter Tamaroa (Perfect Storm cutter).
I served in four cutters...good memories of the missions we performed and crews I servied with are all I need to have. Any energy or time spent on this is will be wasted. They tried this with the Kitty Hawk a few years back...now, crickets are all I hear on that score.
Active ships need a full compliment just to keep them in lipstick and paint. Most floating museums look terrible because they can't be maintained to that standard.
When CAPT Bragg says "Good Luck"...that's typical understated O6-speak for "of all the things that will never happen."
I don't mean to wish my fellow Coastie friend ill...just saying this is doomed to fail. Accept it now.
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